I really liked the silence. There was something special about the conversations we had in the backyard, around the table, and on the couch.
Not all of these conversations were pleasant. We talked about some difficult things.
Not all of these conversations were deep. We goofed off a lot. We made chitchat. We shared dreams. We fantasized.
After almost a week it’s time to relax, but we are not going to relax completely. We don’t want to go back to the same-ole-same-ole.
We want to make room for conversation to happen.
We want the dinner table to be hallowed.
We want to hear laughter from the backyard and share dreams on the couch.
There are three things that we are going to do before we reinstate the electronics:
Reflect—A good fast is done in vain if it does not lead to a time of reflection. We need to consider where we’ve been and what we’ve done. Today is a great day to examine the benefits of having gone without the TV and the game systems.
Restore—After stepping away from being constantly entertained for a while, it’s a good time to restore some boundaries. Boundaries promote health. Crossing boundaries always leads to some kind of trouble. We need to establish high boundaries around our sacred time; time spent with one another around a meal; time enjoined in holy conversation; time spent in play. Boundaries help us say no to distractions because we have identified what is most important. Boundaries help us say yes to building up our relationship with one another.
Renew—This past week’s work would be lost if we did not renew a proper relationship between ourselves and our things. We all have a tendency to allow things to govern our lives. The TV guide should not dictate our schedule. The latest gadget should not consume our attention. These kinds of fasts help us gain mastery over our things. Once we have renewed ourselves as masters, we can focus on allowing our things to serve us as we seek to serve one another.
Lord, teach us to number our days properly. Help us to make the most of the time you give us. Give us wisdom to say No things that do not matter. Give us courage to stand up for what matters most. Give us clarity to know the difference. Amen!
Besides TV and electronics, what have you found beneficial to fast from?
Do you plan to fast from anything?
How long should a fast be?